Synopsis by Alice Day
The terrible statistics of World War I are discussed in People's Century: Killing Fields -- Death on an Industrial Scale, as the civilian body count is added to that of the soldiers'. At war's end, the final count was nine million, and the fields and trenches overflowed with the dead. The Battles of Verdun and Somme were two of the bloodiest encounters. The People's Century series emphasizes the role of the common citizen on events that impacted the entire world. After all the aerial bombings, the mustard gas, and the fighting, the ordinary citizens made up a large part of the casualties.
battle [war], casualties, century, world-war